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Nearly 12,000 in Los Angeles for IHRSA’s Annual Convention & Trade Show

BOSTON, MA - March 23, 2017 - Almost 12,000 fitness industry professionals from over 80 countries were in Los Angeles, March 8-11 for IHRSA 2017, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association’s 36th Annual International Convention & Trade Showwhether to experience the latest equipment and technology during the two-day Trade Show and early morning workouts, attend educational sessions given by industry experts, and/or attend networking and social events like the Opening Reception, sponsored by STRONG by Zumba, The ILC Summit, sponsored by ABC Financial or 12th Annual Bash for Augie’s Quest.

See the IHRSA 2017 Highlights Video.

IHRSA 2017 by the Numbers

  • Convening for IHRSA 2017 were nearly 12,000 industry professionals (health club operators, suppliers, and fitness industry professionals) including over 7,400 Convention & Trade Show attendees.

  • Attendees traveled to IHRSA 2017 from 80 countries and all 50 states.

  • The exhibit hall, with 376 exhibitors was alive with activity during the two-day Trade Show and early morning workouts.

  • Attendees chose from more than 150 educational sessions, networking opportunities, exercise classes, workshops and small-group tutorials

  • Social posts with the #IHRSA2017 hashtag achieved more than 10M impressions and reached more than 1.4M people.

The Movement to #PassPHIT

A major focus at IHRSA 2017 was a ‘virtual fly-in’ to support PHIT, legislation that would make access to physical activity more affordable for U.S. taxpayers. If passed, the Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act, the fitness industry’s top legislative priority, would save Americans 20-30% on annual fitness expenses by allowing the use of pre-tax savings accounts to pay for qualified fitness expenses, including health club memberships.

During IHRSA 2017, the Virtual #PassPHIT Fly-in encouraged attendees to contact their member of Congress to support the bill. Due to the combined efforts of industry professionals in attendance:

  • The #PassPHIT Campaign made 2.4 million impressions via social media.

  • 618 email messages, tweets, and Facebook posts were sent to over 300 members of Congress. These messages contributed to the larger movement to pass this legislation. As of March 23, IHRSA members have sent 3,196 messages (3,116 emails) to members of Congress from about 969 unique senders, asking for passage of PHIT.

  • Attendees participated in a Facebook Live broadcast demonstrating the importance of what PHIT would mean for this industry and American health club consumers. The livestream reached 4,469 people and has been viewed more than 1.4K times to date.

Education Highlights

Each day of the four-day event was highlighted by an inspiring keynote presentation. To kick off IHRSA 2017, Seth Mattison spoke about the interaction of workplace trends, generational dynamics, and leadership strategies in his Wednesday morning keynote: The Relationship Revolution: Building Better Connections in the Digital Age, sponsored by MYZONE.

On Thursday morning, after the #PassPHIT Rally, Martin Lindstrom, author, change agent, and brand futurist, presented: Forget Big Data, Small Data Defines the Future, sponsored by Technogym SpA. His presentation as well as the #PassPHIT rally was broadcast via Facebook Live.

On Friday, attendees were prompted to think out of the box by entrepreneur Johnny ‘Cupcakes’ Earle, founder of the Johnny Cupcakes t-shirt brand. His session on Viral Business: Inspiring Customer Loyalty was sponsored by Matrix Fitness.

And on the final day of the Convention, Soraya Darabi, co-founder of Zady, gave attendees unique insight into how they could successfully create their own customized engagement plan that would keep members coming back for more. Her presentation: Creating & Maintaining Engagement was sponsored by Daxko / CSI Software.

Additional Convention highlights included:

In addition to the various receptions and networking events, keynotes, and leadership events, more than 150 educational, exercise, and networking sessions were offered, many simultaneously translated into Chinese (sponsored by ChinaFit), French, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

2017 Award Recipients

Three industry leaders were recognized during IHRSA 2017 for their commitment to the industry and serving their local communities. The Outstanding Community Service Award was presented to FITNESS SF of Corte Madera, California; The Julie Main Scholarship was presented to Ellen Latham, MS, co-founder and partner of Orangetheory Fitness; and the The Associate Member of the Year was presented to TRX. Criteria, past award winners and applications for next year’s awards are available at ihrsa.org/awards.

IHRSA 2017 Multi-Media

  • Audio MP3 recordings of nearly 70 IHRSA convention sessions will be available for sale in April at ihrsa.org/store. Video recordings of those same sessions will be added soon after.

  • Official show images are available for a limited time at thephotogroup.com, password IHRSA17PRESS.

  • The IHRSA Live team provided thorough coverage of the Convention through the IHRSA blog and social media accounts, including live-streaming video on Facebook Live. The event hashtag—#IHRSA2017—trended several times on Twitter throughout the Convention.  

  • For IHRSA Live video interviews from IHRSA 2017 Exhibitors, Rising Stars, ILC members and club operators.

IHRSA 2017 Sponsors

IHRSA gratefully acknowledges all of the sponsors that helped to make IHRSA 2017 possible: 5-Hour Energy, ABC Financial, Airex AG, Aktiv Solutions, American Council on Exercise (ACE), Anytime Fitness, LLC, ASF Payment Solutions, Augie’s Quest, Balanced Body, bootybarre, ChinaFit, Cigna, Clif Bar Company, Daxko / CSI Software, Debitsuccess, Digilock, eCard Transactions, eGym GmbH, Financo, Fitness Brasil, Fitness Business Canada, Fitness Industry Council of Canada, Genavix, GoalPost Solutions, LLC, Healthy Learning, Hyperwear, Intenza Fitness, InTouch Technology, Iron Grip Barbell Company, JumpSport Fitness, Inc., Jonas Fitness, Inc., JumpSport, Inc., Keiser Corporation, Leisure Industry Week (LIW), Listen360, Management Around Sports, Master Lock Company, LLC, Matrix Fitness, Mercado Fitness, MERRITHEW, MINDBODY, Inc., Motionsoft, MYE Entertainment, MYZONE, Netpulse, NuStep, Inc., Ojmar US, Parisi Speed School, Perfect Gym Solutions S.A., PFP Media, Polar, Power Plate, Power Systems, Inc., Precor Incorporated, RealRyder International, LLC, SportsArt, Styku, Suples Ltd.,Technogym SpA, Total Gym, TRUE Fitness, TRX, TuffStuff Fitness International, Twin Oaks Software, VFP, ZIVA and STRONG by Zumba.


The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) is a not-for-profit trade association representing health and fitness facilities, gyms, spas, racquet and sports clubs, and suppliers worldwide. IHRSA and its members are dedicated to making the world healthier through regular exercise and activity promotion. Preparations are already underway for IHRSA 2018 in San Diego, California, March 21-24, 2018, while the next event on the IHRSA calendar is The IHRSA Institute, which provides executive-level education for club fitness professionals, August 1-4, 2017 at UNC in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. For additional events, see ihrsa.org/meetings.


Innovation & Technology Advisory Council Convenes at IHRSA 2017

Disseminating Industry Best Practices Tops Agenda

Boston, MA, March 22, 2017 - IHRSA convened the inaugural meeting of the Innovation & Technology Advisory Council on March 10 during IHRSA 2017, IHRSA’s Annual International Convention & Trade Show in Los Angeles, California.

IHRSA Chair Rasmus Ingerslev announced the formation of the council in September 2016 as a means to reach out to the technology community, within and outside of the fitness industry, to help identify important technology-related issues and trends.  

“The goal is to gather the smartest minds in and around our industry in order to ensure that all IHRSA members are ‘in the know’ in regards to how technology will impact our industry,” said Ingerslev. “One issue that all council members agreed upon during the meeting is that there seems to be a wide gap of knowledge amongst club operators in the industry. Therefore, one of the immediate goals of the council will be to help IHRSA provide information and education to club operators to aid them in making sound innovation and technology decisions.”

The advisory council contains a diverse group of individuals representing club, supplier, and technology companies. They include:

• Jeff Bartee, Principal Product Manager for Network Fitness, Precor

• Greg Cibura, CTO, Fitness Formula Clubs

• Jeffrey Cooper, Senior Manager Business Development, Samsung

• Samir Desai, CIO, Equinox

• Dan Laughlin, Digital Solutions Manager - North America Technogym

• Mike Leveque, COO, MyZone

• Leon Rudge, Director Digital Experience ISBU, Life Fitness

• Todd Thorson, CTO, Midtown Health

• Al Noshirvani, Executive Chairman, Motionsoft

• Mike Rucker, VP Technology, Active Wellness

• Andy Smith, CEO, The Daily Burn

• Jamie Ward, CEO and Co-Founder, PayAsUGym

• Adam Zeitsiff, CIO, Gold’s Gym

“We are thrilled with the response we have received from those volunteering to serve and share their immense knowledge,” said Joe Moore, IHRSA’s president and CEO.

In addition to Ingerslev, IHRSA board members attending the initial meeting included incoming Board Chair Derek Gallup of New Evolution Ventures, Missy Moss of Nike Fitness Centers, Ray O’Connor of Wisconsin Athletic Clubs, as well as IHRSA Board-elect members Bryan O'Rourke of Gold’s Gym Houston and Integerus, and Carrie Kepple of Les Mills, New Zealand. Participating for IHRSA was Jay Ablondi, EVP of Global Products, Tom Durkin, vice president of technology & web publishing, and Marianne Aiello, digital content manager.

Objectives of the council include: 

  • Aligning the industry with vetted technology-oriented companies, organizations, and key influencers to leverage information and experience.

  • Capturing and interpreting the articulated and unarticulated needs of the industry’s current and future customers relating to technology and innovation.

  • Educating IHRSA members on the current innovation and technology landscape to aid them in making sound innovation and technology decisions.

  • Establishing IHRSA as a credible source of knowledge on the future of technology in—and relating to—the health and fitness industry.

  • Helping IHRSA and IHRSA members improve, expand, and enhance their current products and service offerings.

  • Exploring visionary strategic partnership opportunities for IHRSA.

IHRSA will facilitate the work of the Innovation and Technology Advisory Council members. View IHRSA’s existing technology and innovation articles.


The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) is a not-for-profit trade association representing commercial health & fitness facilities, gyms, spas, sports clubs and suppliers worldwide. IHRSA’s mission is to grow, protect and promote the health and fitness industry and to provide its members with benefits that will help them be more successful.  

IHRSA members represent health and fitness facilities, gyms, spas, sports clubs, and suppliers worldwide. IHRSA and its members are dedicated to making the world healthier through regular exercise and activity promotion.


SportsArt previews ECO-POWR Treadmill at IHRSA Show 2017 

The leader in sustainable fitness equipment reveals an innovative, self-powered treadmill that feeds energy back into the grid

Los Angeles, CASportsArt, announces the newest piece of cardio equipment to its ECO-POWR line, the ECO-POWR Treadmill. SportsArt’s ECO-POWR equipment turns human energy into utility grade electricity through a micro-inverter similar to the technology found in solar panels and wind turbines. When plugged into a power outlet, a single workout can produce up to 200 watts per hour per unit of electricity.

The new self-powered, ECO-POWR treadmill is made of 77 percent recycled materials and features a sleek design where form meets function to embrace its purpose. Unlike other self-powered treadmills on the market, the ECO-POWR treadmill generates a net energy output, utility grade ready, to be fed back into the grid.

“We are constantly finding ways to embed sustainability into our products. Most importantly we strive to do it in a way that is seamless from an operator’s perspective. Recently, our ECO-POWR technology has helped create the first sustainable spinning studio in the country, in Sacramento, CA. Our value proposition is based on the strong differentiation we provide to operators targeting millennials, the largest fitness market demographic, said Ivo Grossi, Vice President for SportsArt. “When we preview new products like the ECO-POWR treadmill to a line of sustainable equipment that is already taking the industry by surprise, we are blazing a new trail that is destined to go mainstream.”

SportsArt is also offering a Green Circle Certification to customers who utilize the ECO-POWR line. The certification provides companies a baseline to measure and track the energy consumed by the gym and the energy savings generated by the ECO-POWR machines.

About SportsArt — For over 38 years, SportsArt has been an industry innovator in the design and manufacture of high quality cardiovascular and strength equipment for commercial, medical and residential use. They retain control over every aspect of the design and manufacturing process to ensure proper integration, maximum performance and longer product life. SportsArt maintains TÜV certifications for ISO 9001 quality management and ISO 14001 environmental management, demonstrating their strong commitment to sustainable manufacturing practices. With hundreds of patents worldwide for innovative fitness technologies, SportsArt is the leading green fitness partner, developing equipment that is instrumental in rebuilding and sustaining lives. For more information, visit http://us.gosportsart.com/en/.


TAG Digital Marketing’s Bill Konstand Named to Forbes Agency Council

ORLANDO, FLORIDA (PRWEB) MARCH 09, 2017 - Forbes magazine recently named TAG Digital Marketing (TAG) president, Bill Konstand, to the Forbes Agency Council.

An invitation-only association for public relations, marketing, and advertising agency executives, the Forbes Agency Council recognizes proven leaders in their respective industries. Members are invited to submit expert commentary and bylines based on their expertise, which is then published by Forbes to offer guidance to organizations and emerging businesses who are growing their brands.

“I am honored that Forbes has selected me to join this group of thought leaders,” says Konstand. “I look forward to serving as a resource for developing B2B brands and anticipate sharing best practices within the greater Forbes community.”

Members of the Forbes Agency Council must be recognized leaders in their industry with a successful, high-growth business and considered mentors within the community. Konstand received the invitation for introducing innovative digital marketing strategies into the B2B market -- and for working closely with clients to integrate digital and social media concepts into their core marketing initiatives.

Strategies that Konstand introduced, such as Social Cloud review generation tools and the “Check-In and Win a Dream Vacation” social media contests, are now emulated by industries that TAG serves.

“It’s my hope that I can use this platform to share my knowledge and experience with others in the marketing industry,” Konstand states. “I want to be a resource for my clients as well as for other marketers. Together, we can face the challenges of emerging digital trends and innovate new and exciting marketing strategies.”

Konstand has offered consulting and digital marketing services to Fortune 500 brands and thousands of small businesses since 1999; in 2007, he realized that the greatest transformation in communication was about to take place. A pioneer and leader in what he has termed “the greatest shift in the history of marketing,” Konstand has been instrumental in helping small- and medium-sized businesses move from traditional marketing sources -- like print, television, and radio -- to exclusively digital.

“Businesses like gyms, dentists, and home care offices did not rely on the internet for any new revenues before 2005,” he explains, “but today, digital and mobile platforms lead over 90% of consumers to find these businesses online.”

Under his leadership, TAG offers services such as website development, conversion optimization, mobile optimization, search engine marketing (SEO, SEM, and analytics), pay-per-click and paid social advertising, social media management and marketing, reputation management, and online directory marketing.

About TAG Digital Marketing (TAG)

A leader in digital marketing since 1999, TAG Digital Marketing (TAG) implements proven internet marketing to boost your online presence and expand your customer base. Full digital management includes search engine optimization (SEO), mobile optimization, social media marketing and reputation protection. Located in Orlando FL, TAG is a Google Certified Partner and one of the first Google Platinum advertisers specializing in small businesses. To learn more about TAG and the solutions we can offer, visit http://www.tagdigitalmarketing.com/


New Members, Chair for IHRSA Board of Directors

Los Angeles, CA - March 14, 2017 - IHRSA, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, announced that Carrie Kepple, Alan Leach, Bryan O’Rourke, and Brad Wilkins have been elected to the IHRSA Board of Directors—to be led by newly elected chair Derek Gallup. The election took place during IHRSA 2017, the association’s 36th Annual International Convention & Trade Show.

Derek Gallup, Executive Vice President of Fitness for New Evolution Ventures, will begin his term as IHRSA’s 2017-2018 chairperson on July 1, 2017.

“I am honored to represent the fitness industry as the IHRSA Chair for 2017–2018,” said Gallup. “Our platform will be to lead the way in reversing the physical inactivity epidemic through high visibility and active leadership in our communities, at the IHRSA convention and other fitness gatherings around the world. We will innovate through cutting edge technology and attract millennials as IHRSA members and fitness customers.”

“Derek brings incredible experience and passion for the industry to the board,” said Joe Moore, IHRSA president and CEO. “I look forward to working more closely with him in our mutual goals to grow IHRSA, the industry, and participation in physical activity.”

Derek Gallup will take over the chair position from current chair Rasmus Ingerslev, who will serve an additional year on the board as Ex-Officio beginning July 1, 2017. Gallup, Ingerslev, and the current Board of Directors are joined by four new members with extensive industry knowledge:

  • Carrie Kepple is a 10-year industry veteran of international club business, currently serving as the manager of a Les Mills facility in Newmarket, New Zealand. She has expanded Les Mills business operations in New Zealandopening, reopening, and managing three clubs across the country. As an international trainer and presenter, Kepple has also served as a global sales training consultant for Les Mills and as the national director for 62 corporate-owned clubs offering Gold’s Gym Group Exercise (GGX).

  • Alan Leach currently serves as general manager, sales trainer, and head of sales and marketing for the West Wood Club, based in Dublin, Ireland. He uses his 32 years of health club and sales management experience to serve more than 33,000 club members at West Wood Club and Crunch Fitness locations in Ireland and Bosnia.

  • Bryan O’Rourke has a track record of growing global brands in a variety of industries, focusing the past two decades on fitness, wellness and health clubs. He currently serves in a variety of roles including Chief Strategic Officer (CSO) for Gold’s Gyms of Houston, Texas; CEO of Integerus Advisors and Vedere Ventures, and serves as the President of the Fitness Industry Technology Council (FITC).

  • Brad Wilkins is the senior vice president of Cooper Aerobics Enterprises, Inc., and oversees the Cooper Fitness Center and the Cooper Spa in Dallas, Texas. Wilkins joined Cooper Fitness Center as an intern in 1996 and since then, has taken on roles as a fitness trainer, fitness director, and general manager. Most recently, in 2015, he was named the chief operating officer of Cooper Wellness Strategies.

The four new board members will serve a 4-year term from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2021. With an incoming board, there is also an outgoing board. The IHRSA Convention afforded the opportunity for the industry to thank and acknowledge outgoing board members Molly Kemmer (Ex-Officio), Allison Flatley, and Bill Beck whose terms come to an end on June 30, 2017.


The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) is a not-for-profit trade association representing health and fitness facilities, gyms, spas, sports clubs, and suppliers worldwide. IHRSA and its members are dedicated to making the world healthier through regular exercise and fitness promotion.

IHRSA’s mission is to grow, promote and protect the industry; and provide its members with benefits that will help them be more successful. To learn more about IHRSA Board service including full bios and photos, please visit ihrsa.org/board.

For additional information, please contact pr@ihrsa.org. For photos from IHRSA 2017, please visit www.thephotogroup.com, access code IHRSA17PRESS.